Book on Precision Farming in Developing Countries Published

Date: 4 January 2018

Related Project: Agriculture Information Management and Precision Farming

The EDULINK AgIM (Agriculture Information Management and Precision Farming) Project has published a book on good practices in precision farming in developing countries. The book publishes the abstracts and main conclusions developed by the students' disertations. The students are all from Cape Verde and Mozambique. Presentations from conferences organised by the project on precision farming are also included. The book is divided by specific areas from precision farming: spatial variability, precision farming adoption, production/yield, environmental risk and agricultural policies.

The AgIM Project has been implemented since October 2013 by the NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS), in partnership with the Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM), the University of Cape Verde (UniCV) and Esri Portugal. The project has developed institutional cooperation in post-graduate education in agriculture information management and precision farming. During the period of execution between October 2013 to September 2017, two editions of the Master Program in Agriculture Information Management and Precision Farming were delivered in the two partner institutions. Continuity and sustainability strategies have also been developed for beyond the project period.

The course operates a blended learning format, joining the concepts of e-learning (through a Moodle platform) with face-to-face lessons. Each edition lasts for one academic year divided into 2 semesters.

The first semester, which introduces the concept of precision agriculture, includes the following curricular units:

  • Geographic Information Systems and Precision Farming;
  • Research Methods;
  • Data Acquisition and Quantitative Methods.

The units of the second semester, explore more technical areas, including:

  • Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis;
  • Precision Farming;
  • Agriculture Information Management and
  • Implementation of Precision Farming in the Community.

One of the results of the Project has been the publication of a book on good practices in precision farming in developing countries. The book publishes the abstracts and main conclusions developed by the students dissertations, both from Cape Verde and Mozambique and presentations from conferences organized by the project on the precision farming subject. This book presents the abstracts, presentations and main conclusions of the students who have already finished the AgIM course and successfully defended their dissertations.

The chapters are divided into specific areas within precision farming: spatial variability, adoption of precision farming, agriculture production/yield, environmental risk and agricultural policies.